No matter whether you are overweight, diabetic, suffer from heart disease, depression, or lack of energy, you probably already know that exercise is the path to solving these problems. Why aren’t you getting fit? And what is keeping you on that couch with the bag of potato chips?
While you may want to blame money, schedule, and current health condition, the truth is you are procrastinating. Here are 10 ways to overcome this problem and get on the road to the fitness and wellness that you were meant to have.
- Create Micro Goals Leading up to Your First Day of Exercise – Many people decide they will start an exercise routine on New Years Day, Monday morning, or the first day of the month. You must always remember that once you create a future date for exercising, you are already procrastinating. Even worse, once that day arrives, you may not have the equipment ready, some emergency may come up, or something else may prevent you from enacting your plans. Once you set a date for starting your routine, take that time each day in your schedule and do something to get ready. This may include clearing out an area in your home for exercise mats, reading more about fitness topics, or even practicing various exercises so that you start off with the best possible form.
- Research Every Exercise You Will Do – Pilates, yoga, P90X, squats, planks, speed walking, and jumping jacks may all seem like wondrous exercise until you actually have to do them. You must take the time now to research every exercise to learn about its benefits and risks. If something bothers you about one version of the exercise, you must look for modifications that will suit your needs. This is especially important if you are using a fitness program and are not familiar with all the exercises. Look ahead at least one month in the program so that you are ahead of the game.
- Journal Inner Voice Resistance and Overcome It – “I’m too fat”, It’s not safe”, “My joints just don’t stretch that far”. These and many other ‘nagging’ inner voice messages can cause procrastination and worse yet, cause injuries when you actually do start working out. You must take the time now to journal about these thoughts and find affirmations and creative visualizations to overcome them.
- Take Care of Any Goals that Must Be Met Before First Day of Exercise – Are you planning to exercise in a room filled with junk? Don’t have proper exercise bike ready to go? Haven’t had medical checkups to find out more about your current limits? Haven’t purchased or picked out some old clothing you will feel comfortable in? Haven’t created a place in your schedule for fitness? These are just a few goals you need to meet before the first day of working out. Now is the perfect time to list all your pre-fitness obstacles and create goals and plans for overcoming them.
- Make a Spiritual Commitment to Fitness – Few things are worse than struggling for those last couple of steps and not knowing where to turn. It does not matter what you believe in, just make a commitment to reach your goals between you and what you perceive as a higher power. In time of need, simply ask that higher power for help and allow yourself to reach your goal.
- Make More Time than You Need in Your Calendar for Beginning Efforts – At the beginning, you may only need 10 minutes to complete your routine. As time goes on, you may want to do more repetitions of exercise, walk further, or try something new. Unfortunately, if you haven’t blocked out extra time in your schedule, you will have to overcome old obstacles to time management all over again. The best thing you can do is block out an hour of time, or even two hours right from the beginning. You should use the extra time to read up on fitness issues, join a fitness accountability forum, or engage in some activity that helps you use your new found strength. Even building small furniture pieces or cleaning difficult areas of your home can help you achieve this goal.
- Make Plans to Bring Your Diet Into Line – Once you start exercising, your sense of taste and smell will change, as will your dietary needs. Think about what is included in a healthy diet and start adding those foods. The easiest way to procrastinate is to lose your appetite for current food choices and not have something healthier to fuel your body with.
- Get a Medical Exam and Know Your Starting Point – Even though most medical conditions will benefit from exercise, it never hurts to see your doctor and find out what kinds of things you need to be wary of, based on your condition. It will also be of some help to consult with a vegan or vegetarian nutritionist and also a holistic medicine practitioner. Today, many of these specialists are covered by health insurance, but you still need to call practitioner offices to find out what kind of counseling they are qualified to offer.
- Add a Line for Physical Fitness to Your Budget – Regardless of whether you choose to go to the gym or work out at home, you must leave some money in your budget for buying items related to your exercise routines. This may include anything from shampoos that you feel better using to new gym towels or equipment and research materials.
- Join a Fitness Accountability Forum – The philosopher Hobbs once said that man cannot walk out of the state of nature (it’s not the pretty nature we think of, but rather a brutish dim existence) alone. It is much the same with leaving behind disease and poor physical health. Having a buddy that expects you to meet your goals can truly make a huge difference. Today, there are many free forums online that you can join filled with people that will hold you accountable and help you stop procrastinating.
Each day that you don’t exercise is one day less for you to achieve long term wellness. It is also one more day of wear and tear on your body without doing something to give it what it needs to repair faster while meeting routine challenges. Rather than go on procrastinating, use these ten tips to overcome this problem and enjoy better health.